Trial begins on Mich gay marriage ban

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DETROIT (AP) — An attorney for two Detroit-area women has urged a judge to strike down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and declare there are no “second-class citizens” under law.

Lawyers delivered opening statements Tuesday in a trial that challenges a 2004 constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of suburban Detroit say the amendment violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman has set aside two weeks to hear testimony from experts in the areas of economics, marriage and child-rearing.

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Kristin Heyse says it would be a mistake to overturn the will of the people. She says it wasn’t a “whim of the few.”

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